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Bee Venom Collector, Equipment

i see there is a quiet a big interest about bee venom collecting, and where can get the equipment. so here we will discuss where to buy collectors, and how to properly store venom.Continue

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Started by Jaime J. Bliss Feb 13, 2016.

More than one Queen 3 Replies

I took out the varroa strips from my hive today, and had a check.  The frames in the bottom box were very mouldy, so I have removed them, leaving the box empty.  Built a stand to elevate the hive…Continue

Started by Maree W. Last reply by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana Aug 19, 2013.

Beekeeping Club in Rotorua? 3 Replies

I am new to beekeeping. I did a beginners course and have a hive in my backyard but no bees yet. Is there a club in Rotorua or maybe Pyes Pa area in Tauranga? I am keen to collect a swarm but have…Continue

Started by Judy. Last reply by Sandra Lomas Jul 19, 2013.

RE: Help please: Bees (question from Jacqui Knight) 3 Replies

Hi Jacqui,I got your question in an Oooby email but it doesn't seem to link to where you posted it so I am starting a new discussion. Hope you find it.Use branches of Wormwood (Artemisia…Continue

Started by Liz. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

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Comment by Daniel Martin on May 3, 2012 at 4:21pm

Hi all you facebook stalkers :-) have a look here!/DansarBees join in (or help start) some chit chat and let me know what you think of my hives.


Look here too, if you are interested -


Wrap up warm, winters here!!

Comment by Rod McColl on April 23, 2012 at 8:04pm
Comment by fiona watt on March 21, 2012 at 9:42pm

Hi there.  This is a bit short notice but better late than never.  The auckland council are calling for submissions to their draft long term plan and I am hoping some of you will make submissions.  The one I had in mind is for a GE free Auckland/NZ.  What will our honey be like from GE plants??  Please read below and send one in if you can.

Please make a submission for the Auckland Council Plan to protect GE-Free food production

Submissions close at 4pm on Friday 23 March.

Use the example points below to write your own submission which can be made on-line through the council website

or just email to:



Subject: Submission to LTCCP Auckland City

Include your

Name/ contact address/ email

Dear Councillors

This submission to the LTCCP 2012/22 relates specifically to keeping Auckland GE-free and addressing community concerns about GMO’s.

The Plan must reflect the health, cultural, economic, and sustainability benefits to Auckland’s diverse communities of preserving local GE-Free food production and the natural environment.

I support a vision for Auckland City that is strongly committed to environmental action and green growth, and ask that The Plan include a strong precautionary GE policy.

Auckland Council should extend the outright prohibition of all GMO land use and GMO aquaculture that is already in place in the Auckland City Council District Plan “Hauraki Gulf and Islands”.

I strongly support Auckland City being a full member of the Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation and Management Options. Funds should be budgeted to ensure that our city can fully participate in the analysis on GMOs and work with other local authorities for the interests of residents.

The Plan should include a precautionary approach and prohibit GMO release because current legislation exposes local communities and ratepayers to unacceptable longterm risks and costs. These risks are recognised as a concern by Local Government NZ and by independent scientists monitoring current failures in regulation of GMOs.

I am concerned that officials have excluded previous submissions to The Plan asking for  Auckland Council’s protection of GE-free production for residents and businesses. Council officials have been wrong to ignore public submissions by claiming the matter is the sole jurisdiction of Central Government.

I request to be kept informed of changes to The Plan as a result of submissions on community  GMO concerns.

I would / would not  like to speak to this submission at hearings in person.


 'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered...' 

Thomas Jefferson... 1802



Comment by Pbee on March 6, 2012 at 7:24pm

I believe Dallas is selling one right now on TradeMe

His queens are good and he ships them in the mail.

Hope that helps


Comment by Pbee on March 6, 2012 at 7:19pm

Then you need more than just a couple of frames of brood. You could buy a mated queen, depending on the numbers of bees in you hive, and new bees will hatch in 3 weeks. Providing your hive is Varroa free.If you have no brood in your hive, you could now treat for 24 hours with formic acid. This would ensure that when you give your hive a new queen, she finds a 'clean' home without bee-vampires. 

Comment by marjolijn vos on March 6, 2012 at 7:00pm

we think the Queen was a drone layer. Or there has been a laying worker

No Queen now. Great video Janet. We tried out something similar last

year. I'm not keen to do it again! Theres another video from the Barefoot

Beekeeper we used as direction.

Comment by Janet Luke on March 6, 2012 at 6:46pm

This video may be helpful for anyone wanting to convert Lang frames into a Top Bar Hive

Comment by Pbee on March 6, 2012 at 6:41pm

Hi Marjolijn,

can't help with top bars, but after reading through your you have a viable queen in your TBH? And have you treated for Varroa? And if you have, with what, please? If you have treated with any form of Thymol, your queen will not be laying for at least a fortnight.

Comment by marjolijn vos on March 6, 2012 at 5:46pm

Just trying another call for help from any top bar beekeepers in Auckland

to see if you could sell me a couple of frames of brood... Looking grim for

the remaining girls....

Comment by Pbee on February 20, 2012 at 7:42am

Hi Daniel, 

Let me share my train of thoughts...

What I have posted here I would call 'consumer feedback'.

When you, as a customer or consumer, go and read feedback of customers or consumers of products or services, you can learn of other's experiences of the offered products or services.

That is how customers or consumers learn of other customers or consumers experiences. A good product- or service provider will look upon the feedback to improve product or service. 

Where would we be at if every product or service provider would take disciplinary action against every consumer of product or service, who openly share their experiences of the offered products or services consumed?

There are brilliant people with 100's of combined years of beekeeping experience on The NZ Beekeepers forum. I am excited every time I get onto the Forum to read the shared experiences and advice of those brilliant people. As I am thrilled when I can share my experiences and you Daniel (Nubee) - as an example - can take this to your hives and get rid of the ants. I am really happy that my shared experience helped you to get rid of your ants.

It is all about sharing - and I am willing and able to share all my experiences! The good ones as well as the not so good ones.

That is how we learn!

I wish you lots of happy experiences with your bees and both of these Forums.

Don't Worry, Bee Happy!


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